by Ann E. Burg
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Personal Evaluation: This was another really sad, moving book. It’s amazing how well you get to know the characters in a novel in verse. Luckily this one leaves you with the makings for a happy ending, but still, I was reading it on my lunch break and had to stop because the lump in my throat was too big.
What might interest children: I think it would definitely get a conversation going at home about the Vietnam War. In fact, this book might be better for grownups who actually have a context for the war. But the characters are so timeless that you don’t even realize it takes place 40+ years ago. You’re just really rooting for Matt and his family. There are some really strong male mentor characters, which is great to see.